Seminar Series
Financial Services &
Customer Service
& Marketing
Women In Business

Human Resources
dot 2006-2007


24th Annual

March 28-29, 2007

Speakers - Click name to see the full bio

Keynote Speakers

Patricia McMahon

10 Common Equal Eemployment Opportunity Mistakes Made by Employers

Ms. McMahon is a 14-year veteran of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)-Denver District Office. She came to the EEOC in 1989 as an investigator and currently serves as the Program Analyst. As the Program Analyst, Ms. McMahon not only provides technical assistance and educational outreach services to stakeholders in the Denver District Office's geographical area, but is also responsible for coordinating the Office's annual Technical Assistance Program Seminars (TAPS); serving as the Office's small business ombudsman; and as the media contact person.

Kent Michie
State Insurance Commissioner , Utah Insurance Department

On January 5, 2005, Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. appointed Mr. D. Kent Michie as Insurance Commissioner in the Utah Insurance Department. He graduated with a B.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of Utah.  Mr. Michie has 35 years experience in Utah business, specifically in the investment banking industry with the last sixteen years as Vice President of Zions Bank Public Finance. Kent is currently serving as President of the Wasatch Front Economic Forum.

Kory Jenkins
Human Resource Specialist, Space Dynamics Lab Utah State University

HR Information Systems and Rocket Science; How the Two Relate

Kory Jenkins graduated with a BS degree in HR from USU, has earned his Professional in Human Resources in 2002, and has served in various leadership roles in the local SHRM chapter.  He has worked at the Space Dynamics Laboratory for 6 years.  When people ask what he does at the lab, he says, “I interview really smart people, if I can’t understand a word they are saying, we hire them.”  Kory performs HR generalist functions at the lab in staffing, compensation and benefits, and other misc. functions.

Mark A, Wagner
Attorney, Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthey

Recent Developments in Employment Law

Mark A. Wagner, an attorney since 1992, is Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at the law firm Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy.  Mr. Wagner advises employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on helping employers formulate and implement practical, "real world" strategies to minimize business disruption and risk exposure in the modern workplace.  Mr. Wagner also represents employers in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies, and in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels.  Mr. Wagner received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1992, and his B.S., cum laude, Business Management, in 1988, from the University of Utah, where he served as Managing Editor of the Utah Law Review (1991/92).  Mr. Wagner currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Salt Lake Society for Human Resource Management and of Holy Cross Ministries, and on the Community Advisory Board for KCPW Public Radio (88.3 & 105.3 FM, 1010 AM).

Margery Ahearn
Vice President of Human Resources
Aspect Medical Systems

Human Resources Journey into Lean – a discussion on how Human Resources at Aspect Medical Systems plays an integral part in the Lean process.

Margery Ahearn is Aspect's Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for the organization's human resource processes, programs, and policies. Margery joined Aspect in 1998 and brings more than 20 years of human resource experience in a variety of key positions at GTE, Boston Business Group, and Wang Laboratories. Margery received her bachelor's degree in Management and her master's degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Research Professor in the Center for Effective Organizations of Southern California (USC)

The New American Workplace: Changes, Consquences and Choices

O’Toole is Mortimer J. Adler Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He received his Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has addressed dozens of major corporations and professional organizations, and has published over seventy articles and fourteen books.
From 1994-97 O'Toole was Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute.  He also has served as Managing Director of the Booz •Allen & Hamilton Strategic Leadership Center, and Chair of the Center's academic Board of Advisors.

David J. McNally
Chief Executive Officer and President

Jeanine Wilson, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Zevex International

How one HR department went from okay to awesome, satisfactory to strategic!

McNally served as executive vice president and as a director since the company’s inception in 1986. He also serves as CEO and director of our wholly owned subsidiary, ZEVEX Inc. Mr. McNally was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 1998, and again in 1999.McNally received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lafayette College in May 1983 and an Executive MBA from the University of Utah in June 1992.

Jeanine is currently Director of Human Resources at ZEVEX International, in Murray, Utah a diversified medical device company that designs, manufactures and markets medical device technologies.Jeanine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human & Organizational Development from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, a Masters in Human Resources from Utah State University, and she has achieved an SPHR certification from SHRM and HRCI. Jeanine was the 2005 President of the Salt Lake SHRM Chapter and currently sits on the Utah SHRM State Council.

Louise Kursmark
President, Best Impression Career Services, Inc
Co-author, How to Choose the Right Person for the Right Job Every Time

How to Choose the Right Person for the Right Job Every Time:
Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Strategies to Win the War for Talent

Author and consultant Louise Kursmark is an expert in employee hiring issues. She has twenty years of experience in the careers field and has written more than a dozen books on career topics.
As president of Best Impression Career Services, Inc. (, Louise works directly with executives in career transition, consults to career assistance professionals and outplacement firms, and speaks as often as possible to career professionals, employers, and the general public.

Kris Morgan
Apprenticeship Administrator
Operating Engineers Local Union #3

Union Perspective

Kris Morgan graduated from the Operating Engineers Local #3 Apprenticeship Program in 1981 as the Apprentice of the Year.  His career in the construction industry began with W.W. Clyde & Company (Springville, Utah) in 1979 where he was working when he graduated to become a journeyman Heavy Duty Repairman.
He now serves as Apprenticeship Administrator.  Kris manages operations for the OE#3 Utah Apprenticeship program (80 Apprentices currently enrolled), in addition to coordinating all journeyman training made available to members of Local 3.

Lynn Richardson SPHR, CCP
Vice President Human Resources
SOS Staffing Services, Inc.

Current Theories About the Impact of Retiring Baby Boomers
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Lynn Richardson is a Senior Human Resources Professional with over 25 years experience. His primary expertise includes employee relations, salary administration, benefits and training. During his career Lynn has developed and overseen Human Resources functions for several major corporations. Lynn has worked in the staffing industry since 1986. In his current position Lynn is responsible for employee relations, salary and benefits administration, training and operations support at SOS staffing services, Inc. SOS Staffing employs over 70,000 fulltime and part time personnel.

Mike Weibel
Public Information Officer
Bear River Health Department, State of Utah

Pandemic Planning: It’s Nothing To Sneeze At
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Mike Weibel is the Risk Communications Coordinator at the Bear River Health Department, which serves Utah’s Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties. He is also the founder and coordinator of Utah’s Medical Reserve Corps program, which recruits, trains, credentials and prepares volunteer medical professionals to respond if the health departments or emergency medical systems are overwhelmed. He has a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska and has worked at a variety of daily newspapers across the country, including nearly a decade as the senior reporter here at The Herald Journal in Logan. Mike is also a captain with Smithfield Fire & Rescue, an EMT-Intermediate with Cache County Ambulance, and a hazardous materials technician with the Cache County Hazmat Team.

Scott Knell
Sr. Manager, Learning and Development
Human Resources

Scott is a 10 year veteran at Cisco Systems.  The past 6 years he has been a part of the HR organization where he has managed an award winning learning and development program and built a global competency program for Cisco employees.  Scott has been involved in a number of diverse programs at Cisco including building a nationally recognized training partnership with the telecommunication unions, representing Cisco on White House skills committees, and the father of the popular children's game, Peter Packet designed to teach children about social consciousness in an Internet world.  Scott is a recent inductee into the Old Main Society at USU.

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